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Park attends gathering of Korean community leaders

All Headlines 10:09 October 05, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday attended a gathering of Korean community leaders from across the world to offer her encouragement and appreciation to them for their contribution to national development.

The World Korean Community Leaders Convention was held in Seoul together with a ceremony marking Korean Day, which South Korea has observed since 2007 to help 7.2 million overseas Koreans maintain their identity as ethnic Koreans and enhance national pride.

During her speech celebrating Korean Day, Park was expected to ask the participants to support South Korean young adults hoping to land jobs abroad and join Seoul's efforts to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and lay the groundwork for reunification, her office Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

During the convention, Park conferred national decorations and citations to five individuals and one group that have contributed to the advancement of South Korean communities in foreign countries, including an association of Germany-based South Korean nurses. The awardees were among 98 overseas Koreans who were honored with national medals and other prizes.

The convention, which has been held annually since 2000, began its four-day run on Tuesday. It brought together some 500 attendees, including 400 South Korean community chiefs from 84 countries.

Hosted by the state-run Overseas Koreans Foundation, the convention features various debates and policy forums on a set of current issues concerning overseas Koreans, and also is a venue for cultural performances.

This photo, taken on Sept. 13, 2016, shows President Park Geun-hye speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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